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Assistant Researcher

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS JUNIPER GARDEN'S CHILDREN'S PROJECT   Kansas City, KS   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on June 29, 2021

Assistant Researcher

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP; www.jgcp.ku.edu) is seeking to hire an Assistant Researcher to work across two projects. We are seeking an assistant researcher for a study that aims to support the remote implementation of evidence-based practices for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across different community settings, interventions, and ages. Additionally, this individual would contribute to a project focused on the development of a novel measure to monitor the social communication progress of young children with ASD.
We are seeking an assistant researcher to work 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) across two projects. The assistant researcher will work with guidance from the project Principal and Co-Investigators. The assistant researcher will be responsible for collaborating with multi-site research teams, families, and community partners. Responsibilities will include data collection, data management and entry, scheduling of meetings and
research activities, and team collaboration.
This position requires reliable transportation and the ability to be flexible in scheduling meetings with community partners and families. Strong organizational skills, administrative skills, attention to detail, and communication skills are required, as evidenced by work experience. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is dependent
on yearly funding and satisfactory annual evaluation.
The position is at JGCP, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101. Travel to sites within the states of Kansas and Missouri is likely required.
Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Due to COVID restrictions, this position will work remotely for most responsibilities and transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary to do so.
This project will involve direct interaction with research team members and participants following health and safety guidelines.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assist with data collection activities such as administering assessments, preparing assessment materials, mailing and delivering assessment materials to participants, and video coding assessment data (30%).
2. Data entry and management which includes entering data into databases, tracking the completion of data collection activities, and tracking the return of assessment packets (20%).
3. Assist in scheduling project research activities (i.e. team meetings, assessment administration, drop off and pick up of assessment materials, etc.) and provide clerical support (15%).4. Provide ongoing support and resources to families and community partners involved in research efforts (10%).
5. Collaborate during regular project meetings with multi-site teams to achieve project goals and objectives (10%).
6. Contribute to the development of project materials, including presentations, handouts, and websites (10%).
7. In collaboration with principal investigators, assist in producing reports and presentations to communicate findings and progress to relevant audiences (5%).
POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
1. This position requires reliable transportation and the ability to be flexible in scheduling meetings with community partners and families.
2. Due to COVID restrictions, this position will work remotely for most responsibilities and transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary to do so.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science, special education, social work, psychology, or related field.
2. One year experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families as evidenced by application materials.
3. One year experience with the conduct of research projects as evidenced by application materials.
4. Fluent in the use of office productivity applications and cloud-based applications such as Google Docs and OneDrive as evidenced by application materials.
5. Strong written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
6. Strong oral communication skills as determined through interview process and reference checks.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Master's degree in applied behavioral science, special education, social work, psychology or related field.
2. Experience administering assessments to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
3. Experience with data management systems such as REDCap or Qualtrics.
4. Fluent in the use of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).
5. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently across multiple projects, with limited supervision.
6. Experience collaborating with community agencies and stakeholders.
FTE: 1.0

SALARY: $40,000 to $48,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin July 12, 2021 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.
START DATE: August 2, 2021

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: 

Please submit an online application, cover letter, vitae and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your particular skills set and prior experience contributing to the research at JGCP. If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr.
Boyd at brian.boyd@ku.edu. If you have questions about the application process, you
may contact Diana Skill at 913-735-2612.

Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check.

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